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Gallardo leads Milwaukee to first shutout win of year

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CINCINNATI -- For the first time, the Brewers learned what it's like to keep an opponent from crossing home plate. Pretty nice feeling, actually.

Juan Francisco drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and homer in a ballpark where he's had some big moments, and Yovani Gallardo pitched six innings on Saturday, leading Milwaukee to a 6-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

It was the Brewers' first shutout -- they were the only team in the majors without one. Milwaukee's staff came into the game with the NL's worst earned run average, giving up more runs and homers than any other club.

"They've gotten us pretty good in this park this year," manager Ron Roenicke said. "6-0 -- we don't have too many of those. It's nice to kind of be able to relax."

The Brewers have lost 11 of their last 14 games at Great American Ball Park. It was the first time they'd shut out Cincinnati since 2009.

Logan Schafer had three hits off Homer Bailey (4-5), his second straight three-hit game. Schafer is filling in for Ryan Braun, who went on the 15-day disabled list with an injured right thumb after the series opener Friday.

Schafer has filled in for Braun the last five games and gone 8-for-16 with the first back-to-back multi-hit games of his career.

"It's nice to play every day and get that comfort level," Schafer said. "I felt good all day. One thing I've been doing a little better lately is swing at strikes and not going out of the strike zone."

Gallardo (6-6) gave up three hits and a pair of walks in his second straight impressive start. The right-hander threw eight shutout innings, allowing only four hits, during a 6-1 win at Miami on Monday.

"I feel good -- the past three starts, actually," Gallardo said. "It seems like things are finally falling together. I've been able to find a rhythm."

Three relievers completed a seven-hitter for Milwaukee's first shutout. The Reds didn't get a runner to third base and were out of sync after playing extra-inning games the last two days.

"None of us looked like we had any rhythm," said manager Dusty Baker on his 64th birthday. "It was one of those low-energy days that usually don't happen. It just wasn't our day.

"That's not the way you want to spend your birthday. If I'd known that was going to happen, I would've tried to get kicked out in the first inning."

After going 6-22 in May, the injury-depleted Brewers are 8-6 in June, winning six of their last eight games.

For the second time this season, the Reds couldn't overcome a homer by Francisco, who played for them from 2009-11. He hit the second-longest homer in ballpark history during his final season in Cincinnati, a 502-foot shot. He returned with the Braves this season and had a breakthrough -- his first career grand slam off reliever J.J. Hoover during a 7-2 win on May 8.

The Brewers got him for a minor-league pitcher on June 3, and he'd struggled until getting back to Cincinnati. Francisco was in an 0-for-15 slump when he had a pinch-hit single in Cincinnati's 4-3, 10-inning win on Friday night.

He hit a sacrifice fly and two-run homer that smacked off the bottom of the left-field foul pole on Saturday, giving the Brewers a 4-0 lead. It was only his third hit in 25 at-bats as a Brewer. With that, Francisco has one of the longest and one of the shortest homers at Great American.

"He's got big power everywhere and it was nice for him to get that," Roenicke said.

Bailey gave up eight hits in seven innings and threw a wild pitch that let in a run, leaving him 1-6 career against Milwaukee.

Schafer, taking over in left field for Braun, had three hits for the second straight game. His two-run double in the sixth made it 6-0.

Notes

  • The Brewers called up OF Caleb Gindl from Triple-A Nashville to replace Braun. He pinch-hit and struck out. Gindl is the sixth Brewer to make his big league debut this season.
  • The Reds put RH reliever Jonathan Broxton on the 15-day DL, a day after swelling was detected in his right elbow. RH Pedro Villarreal was called up.
  • Gallardo picked Joey Votto off first base in the first inning.
  • The Brewers expect LH Chris Narveson, on the DL with a sprained finger, to return next week.
  • The Reds plan to activate RH Johnny Cueto off the 15-day DL to start the series finale on Sunday against Milwaukee's Wily Peralta.
 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

L. Schafer
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Milwaukee

Y. Gallardo
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4010001 .301
Jean Segura, SS4000001 .331
Carlos Gomez, CF4000020 .319
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3100110 .281
    Donovan Hand, P0000000 .000
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
Jonathan Lucroy, C3220110 .271
Logan Schafer, LF4232001 .270
Juan Francisco, 1B2113100 .216
Scooter Gennett, 2B4000001 .222
Yovani Gallardo, P2010000 .250
   a- Caleb Gindl, PH1000010 .000
    Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Bianchi, 3B1000002 .246
Totals3268535  
a-struck out for Gallardo in the 7th
Batting
2B - Norichika Aoki (11, Bailey), Logan Schafer 2 (7, Bailey, Bailey)
HR - Juan Francisco (6, Bailey)
SF - Juan Francisco (2)
RBI - Logan Schafer 2 (7), Juan Francisco 3 (21)
SB - Logan Schafer (1, 3rd base off Bailey/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Segura-Gennett-Francisco
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo (W,6-6) 6300250 4.41
Tom Gorzelanny 1300020 1.91
Donovan Hand 1000000 3.65
Jim Henderson 1100000 1.59
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 96-61, Tom Gorzelanny 21-14, Donovan Hand 7-6, Jim Henderson 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 9-3, Donovan Hand 1-1, Jim Henderson 1-2
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 22, Tom Gorzelanny 6, Donovan Hand 2, Jim Henderson 4
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF4010021 .278
Zack Cozart, SS4010001 .245
Joey Votto, 1B3000111 .315
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000000 .282
Jay Bruce, RF3020100 .283
Todd Frazier, 3B4000013 .244
Xavier Paul, LF4010012 .276
Ryan Hanigan, C3020002 .189
Homer Bailey, P2000011 .167
   a- Donald Lutz, PH1000012 .231
    J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .500
Totals3207027  
a-struck out for Bailey in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jay Bruce (22, Henderson)
PK - Joey Votto (2, Gallardo)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Xavier Paul 1
DP - Bailey-Cozart-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey (L,4-5) 7866141 3.80
J.J. Hoover 1000010 5.02
Manny Parra 1000200 6.92
WP - Homer Bailey 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 96-66, J.J. Hoover 11-6, Manny Parra 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 9-6, J.J. Hoover 1-1, Manny Parra 2-1
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 28, J.J. Hoover 3, Manny Parra 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37519
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Rob Drake